The session focuses on defensive principles and developing defensive techniques. By DAN FAIRHURST MORE
The next… Fernandinho
Fernandinho has shown how a defensive midfielder can intercept the ball to break up attacks and then begin a counter attack. This session will help your players emulate the Manchester City star.
What this session is about
- Intercepting or “stealing” to win possession.
- Learning how to read the play. I.e., predict when and where the other team will pass the ball.
- Starting the counter attack.
What to think about
- Anticipate the pass – does the passer’s eye or head movement give away their intentions?
- Defensive principles – apply pressure, make play predictable and use good communication.
- Use a quick pass to start a counter attack.
Use one ball and four players in a 10-yard square area for the session. Use an area 35 yards long by 20 yards wide for the development and game situation.
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
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What you get your players to do
Play 3v1 keepaway. Award a point to the attackers for completing five passes. The defender earns a point for knocking the ball out of play or forcing the attackers to kick it out, and two points for stealing the ball. Play two-touch and switch defenders after each minute of play.
Divide the pitch into two halves and use two teams. Two players from team B go into team A’s half of the pitch and try to win the ball in a 4v2.
Team A wins a point for making five consecutive passes in their own half. The two players from team B earn two points for their team by winning the ball and passing it back to a team mate in their own half.
If that happens, they and two players from team A enter team B’s half and start a new 4v2, with the objectives reversed.
Play a small-sided game and condition the number of touches a player can have to two, to encourage lots of passing and therefore opportunities to intercept the ball.
To progress, lift the two-touch restrictions.